Car & Concept

Morgan Plus Four Review | What’s new, BMW engines, performance

MALVERN, England – Replacing a car that’s been around for 70 years takes a bit of thinking. Morgan has done exactly that with its new Plus Four, which replaces the old Plus 4 (note the spelling). I was supposed to see this car at the Geneva Motor Show in March and then drive it at Morgan’s first proper press launch in Barcelona (paid for by the new Italian owners). Covid-19, however, made all that impossible, so I traipsed over to Pickersleigh Road in Malvern to drive this new four-cylinder Moggie.

Fans will already know that this tiny company, founded 110 years ago, has had a clear-out of all its steel chassied models. The last one, the Plus 4, is finished now apart from a few specials to celebrate its 70th anniversary later this year. That car, produced on and off

2020 Volvo S60 T8 Luggage Test | Long-term utility update

Life has been good in our 2020 Volvo S60 T8 long-term tester as of late. We haven’t been getting out there on long road trips since, you know, the pandemic began. But, we have been able to spend longer stretches of time in the sedan (measured in days) and dream about those trips to come once it’s safe to do so again. With Scandinavian-themed vacations in mind, we decided it was time to see how utilitarian our S60 would be for a getaway.

The initial numbers tell us that the S60’s trunk is on the small side at 11.6 cubic-feet. Volvo quotes the same figure for our T8 PHEV as it does for the gas-only T5 and T6 — both of those lack a lithium-ion battery pack running along their respective spines. The competition consists of the 3 Series

BMW M car drive mode customization and how it changes the car

Being able to customize every aspect of the driving experience via a simple and quick touchscreen interface probably sounded like a pipe dream not too long ago. Being one tap away from a stiffer suspension and grabbier brakes sounds a lot easier than spending a weekend on the garage floor swapping in new shocks and better brake pads. Or just living with a car you don’t particularly like driving until the lease runs out. 

Yet we find ourselves constantly complaining about how complex modern cars are. Just make the damn thing right to begin with, right? I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve heard words like those come out of enthusiasts’ mouths. I’m guilty of holding this sentiment myself, having grown up driving cars from the 1990s without a single drive mode switch in sight.

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Review | Price, specs, features, photos

The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is BMW’s newest entry-level four-door offering. It slots below the 3 Series in price, panache and size, and despite the name, is wholly different from the two-door 2 Series. While that car rides on a traditional-for-BMW rear-wheel-drive platform, the Gran Coupe uses a front-drive platform shared with the BMW X1 and X2 crossovers as well as some Minis. Beyond that basic architecture, the two 2’s have different powertrains, styling, interiors, safety tech and driving experiences. Basically, they’re nothing alike. 

Now, beyond the BMW family, with four doors and a compact size, the 2 Series Gran Coupe competes against other small luxury brands’ starter cars. This group includes the soon-to-debut 2021 Audi A3 and recently debuted Cadillac CT4, but the closest competitors currently come from Mercedes-Benz with its A-Class and CLA-Class

Tech startup Ree partners with Tier 1 supplier on a revolutionary EV platform

The idea-people aren’t finished trying to revolutionize the skateboard electric vehicle platform and in-wheel motors. Israeli startup Ree is doing both. It’s toiled on the idea for seven years, putting together the 3D-printed Flatformer concept heavy truck chassis with Hino for last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Now the tech firm has partnered with Tier 1 OEM supplier KYB, a multibillion-dollar Japanese conglomerate specializing in active and semi-active suspension systems and owner of the world’s largest factory producing shock absorbers. The challenge ahead of this “strategic partnership to develop suspension capabilities for future electric vehicle (EV) platforms” will be clear after we explain how Ree’s system works.

The easy part is the Reeboard, the plank that contains the batteries. Last summer, Ree’s digital presentations showed a Reeboard 185 inches long, with a 110.6-inch wheelbase —  a near carbon

2020 Porsche 911 Luggage Test | Photos, specs, impressions

A Porsche 911 might not be the first choice when it comes to packing in a bunch of luggage — the Macan and Cayenne are your pack mule options — but don’t let its sports car shape fool you. The 2+2 rear-engined track scalpel is surprisingly able at fitting a getaway’s worth of stuff in a cinch.

Like every 911, the 992’s main storage bay is up front (aka “the frunk”). Pop the front hood with the key or floor pull, slide the latch to the side, and you’re in. And wow it’s deep! I remember barely being able to squeeze in my baseball bag in my dad’s 1979 911 SC on the way to practice as a kid. Now a whole adult could feasibly curl up into the cavernous hole of the 2020 Porsche 911. The 911 has